We use a whole school approach to online safety and have adopted the ‘Project Evolve’ programme, which follows the statements in the 'Education for a Connected World framework. The programme covers knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes across eight strands of our online lives from Early Years up to Key Stage 2 and beyond. The eights strands covered are:
- Self-Image and Identity
- Online Relationships
- Online Reputation
- Online Bullying
- Managing Online Information
- Health, Well-Being and Lifestyle
- Privacy and Security
- Copyright and Ownership
Children in Reception explore their feelings in relation to being online and offline. One of the key messages they learn in is they have the right to say 'no', 'please stop', 'I'll tell' and 'I'll ask.' They look at different ways that they can communicate using technology. Children begin to learn that people can be unkind online and know a set of rules for dealing with issues and to keep themselves safe online.
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1 children consider who are their safe adults that they can go to when experiencing issues online. Children learn why it is important to be kind and considerate to others when using the internet and they begin to think about the risks of communicating online with people they do not know. Children begin to explore the fact that content online belongs to other people and are able to explain the rules for keeping personal information private.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2 children explore the eight strands of our online lives in greater depth. By the time children are in Year 6 they identify and critically evaluate online content including the positive and negative impact of sharing information and images online. Children can explain the strategies they can use to protect their 'digital personality' and online reputation. They will demonstrate how to use, search and reference online content and sources.
Learning about staying safe online is very important at St Bridget’s Primary School. We hope you will find the many web links below useful: